Jarad Tew gets a full ride
In the world of scholarships, the ultimate is ‘the full ride,’ providing full tuition to an outstanding few applicants. Soon-to-be Park City High School graduate Jarad Tew has received a full ride to the United States Air Force Academy, one of the most selective colleges in the country.
Tew was awarded a scholarship to play football for Air Force, but according to Major Colin Moffat, Tew would have made it into the academy on his academic record alone. Tew is the only Summit County student admitted to the Academy this year, Moffat said.
Tew said his parents were a little concerned about his entering the Armed Services at first, but when they visited the Air Force Academy with him, they changed their minds.
The Air Force Academy graduated its first class in 1959 and is located near Colorado Springs. About 1000 students graduate from the academy every spring, most commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force.
"I liked the atmosphere and the structure of the Air Force," Tew said, adding that he hopes to train as a pilot, hopefully in a small and fast aircraft. The only obstacle that could slow down the running back down in his quest to fly fighters is his size. At 215 pounds, he is near the maximum size, although Moffat said some pilots Tew’s size have been accepted into the fighter training.
In April, Tew learned from a PCHS coach of his appointment to the academy.
"I think he’s making a great choice," Moffat said. "He’s in for a challenge in for a great career. He’s the cream of the crop."
Moffat knows what he speaks of. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy who flew the Warthog aircraft during the first Gulf War. His real job these days is as a pilot for Delta Airlines. But he loves his part-time work as the Air Force liaison officer for Park City. He sees the excitement and enthusiasm he sees in students and can relate that to how he felt in the same position.
"If I can’t talk them out of it, I’ll do my best to get them into it," Moffat said of counseling potential cadets. "Some apply for all the wrong reasons, and not because they want to be in the Air Force."
Tew will report to the Academy June 28. He is staying in shape for the basic training and football by lifting weights. When school is in full swing, Tew will have a full academic schedule as he plays football, a challenge that doesn’t seem daunting to him.
Moffat thinks Tew will like ‘pulling nine G’s,’ experiencing nine times the force of gravity. A roller coaster, in comparison, exerts about one time the force of gravity. But it does take its toll over time, he said, and can lead to back problems, which is why there aren’t many old fighter pilots still in the cockpit.
Tew is ready for new challenges as an Air Force cadet and football player.
"It’s definitely not a party school," Moffat said.
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